DIPHU, Feb 4 – The Karbi Ningkan Kimi (Karbi New Year) was celebrated with pomp and gaiety across the Karbi Anglong Hill district on February 1. According to Karbi calendar the Thangthang Niphai 1, the 1st February is considered as New Year by Karbi community. Since long Karbi people have been observing the February 1 as the New Year every year.
Karbi people observed Ningkan Kimi with great enthusiasm throughout the Karbi Anglong Autonomous district. The KAAC centrally observed Ningkan Kimi holding various programmes at Council’s open cultural stage, in Diphu.
The Karbi New Year celebration began with the Hemphu Karkil (Devotion of Almighty) at 7.30 pm. To spread messages of peace and unity, a number of balloons were released by the chief guest and guests of honour before beginning of the open session.
Subsequently, the VIP dignitaries attended the function held on the occasion of Near Year celebration, were felicitated and the welcome address was led by Dhaneswar Engti, Joint Secretary, Art & Culture, KAAC, Diphu.
Addressing the open session, Joyram Engleng, CEM, KAAC greeted the people of Karbi Anglong. While appealing to people to maintain peace and tranquility, he laid stress on the needs to be enriched of Karbi culture.
It needs to be mentioned here that along with celebration the Ningkan Kimi by the KAAC centrally here at Open Cultural Stage, Council, Diphu, the Karbi New Year was celebrated gorgeously under the aegis of the Langpher Karbi Jutang Chingthur Amei (LKJCA), a premier Karbi Cultural organization at Richo Hidi Tiniali near Bakaliaghat.
During the daylong programme, the Karbi society observed the Karbi Ningkan Kimi by holding various Karbi traditional events namely Hambi Kepathu, Hon kijen, Bathali Keup, Kengdon dang and Choketok, etc. People joined with open mind and celebrated the Ningkan Kimi with pomp and gaiety.
It may be mentioned here that Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council declared February 1 as official holiday. In the New Year celebration at Richo Hidi Tiniali, Sum Ronghang, president, Karbi Jutang Chingthur Amei, Central committee also participated.